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Professor Shlomo Avineri, Department of Political Science, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

 Solidarity and Human Decency in Conflict

 

 

I’ve supported the war in Iraq 150%, but being realistic on what can be achieved politically. I don’t see conditions for a democracy in Iraq in the foreseeable future.  I think we must give up the idea of a unified democratic Iraqi state. 

 

We have a problem with terrorism and a problem with totalitarianism, and not a problem with Islam and we need not marginalize Muslims.   

 

We have to face the fact that the conflict is not going to end in the near future.  

We all want to end it but it seems there really isn’t any partner.  

While there being no partner we as Israelis have to look upon our past and make our own connections regarding our own decision making process.  

 

Many countries have adopted the way of democracy but in time have turned into different regimes of violence and dictatorship. 

The Jewish people have had many ways but we still are Sparta of Greece.  

The representative way adopted there is very similar to the Jewish way where you have the rabbinic-representative kind of leadership. 

 

The use of weapons against our enemies within has also infiltrated into our society and has caused domestic violence. When the society is forced to deal with violence within delivered by our enemies the structure of our days changes. 

This is why we are Sparta not Athens. Our daily problems are directly linked to the terror and violence we deal with against our enemies.  

Taking a look back on our past there have been different solutions to problems and mostly there was a way to deal with things when posed with the problems of the Israeli society. We now make our decisions based mostly on the rifts we have with the arabs and not with the structural daily problems we have with ourselves.  

These things were not on the agenda in the 50’s.  

We are still in the midst of structuring a nation. We still accept the new immigrants differently than any other country, because we are still in the midst of building a nation.  

Hertzl said in alt-Noyland “we took from Europe the solidarity of European capitalism’  

The war of social rifts has to be fought the same way we fight for the security budget or any other security issue.  

The Israeli minister of health claims there to be a downfall in the health system and current health situation in Israel.  

The question isn’t if its true or not, the question is how can we still stand aside and watch while some parts of this country are on an up rise and some on a down fall.  

 

When you build a nation it has to be built on solidarity. We haven’t built our nation that way because of the situation we are in, we are pre occupied with the security issues, the security budget, all these have prevented us from seeing the need for a social change. 

The social welfare is the future of this nation not the security issues. The state of Israel has to make difficult decisions regarding its current situation. The reality created over the years has caused the situation, it never planned it. The government today must make crucial decisions   

The decisions that need to be made do not only concern the borders of Israel and its existence but rather the manner in which it exists.  

There comes a time to make difficult decisions so that we can improve our quality of life in the state of Israel. The chief of staff said the yesterday the army has lowered its ‘quality of life in order to preserve life itself’ little did hew know he was quoting Socrates himself. The quality of all life in Israel must improve this is its future

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